Ford Sued Over EcoBoost Engines

EcoBoost logoThree Ohio drivers are suing Ford Motor Co., claiming the company’s six-cylinder EcoBoost engine is defective.

The lawsuit says the 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost engine can shudder, shake and then rapidly lose power while drivers are accelerating. Two of the plaintiffs, a married couple, say their 2010 Ford Taurus SHO has lost power and stalled on multiple occasions. The third says he has lost power when he was accelerating in his F-150 pickup.

The lawsuit says more than 100 drivers have complained to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration about the V6 EcoBoost rattling or losing power. Ford hasn’t recalled any vehicles for the alleged defect, and NHTSA hasn’t opened an investigation, which is often the first step in the recall process.

The lawsuit claims Ford has acknowledged the problem in messages to dealers, but hasn’t informed owners.
Ford declined to comment, saying it hasn’t seen the lawsuit. The company wouldn’t say how many vehicles it has sold with the V6 EcoBoost engine.

Ford has been selling vehicles equipped with the V6 EcoBoost since late 2009. It’s an option on the Ford Flex, Taurus SHO, Lincoln MKT and Lincoln MKS sedans from the 2010-2013 model years; the F-150 pickup from the 2011-2013 model years; and the Ford Explorer Sport from the 2013 model year.

Ford also makes four-cylinder and three-cylinder EcoBoost engines, but those aren’t cited in the lawsuit. All three engines use turbocharging and direct injection to give them the power of a larger engine with the fuel economy of a smaller one.
The lawsuit was filed late last week in U.S. District Court in Columbus. A similar lawsuit involving different drivers was filed last month in U.S. District Court in Louisiana.

MY TAKE: Since many people have asked me about this, I will offer my opinion that this is much ado about nothing. 100 people have complained out of hundreds of thousands. The Plaintiffs are all in one area, so I suspect an Attorney mailed something to the Ecoboost owners promising tons of money if they ever had a problem with their engine studdering. My experience with this engine, based on listener feedback, is it is exceptional. I see no evidence of a widespread problem, but will continue to monitor it.

2 Comments
  1. Michael F Najvar 4 years ago

    having just bought an f150 9 months ago, i was at first startled to read this story, but after reading what Jerry posted on the bottom, I felt much better. I have not experienced any of the problems talked about here, but it seems the mileage is not quite as good as they claim it to be. I am doing good to average 19 on the road, all things considered. most of my driving is highway miles, very little city driving to affect such a dramatic drop in mileage from what the sticker proclaims. I know, ranges from to whatever. but my wife can get 3-5 mpg better than the sticker, and even she can’t do it. any ideas?

    • Jerry 4 years ago

      Not sure how many miles on the truck but this truck has a longer break-in period than most. And the summer blend of gas cuts 10% minimally fron normal fuel economy.

      Hopefully it will improve, thanks for listening to the show!

      Jerry Reynolds “The Car Pro”
      President, Car Pro Radio Networks

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